TMH board addresses strategic plan, other topics at latest meeting

At its monthly meeting Thursday evening, The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees:

• Welcomed new board member Cathrine Blevins, who was appointed by the Moffat County commissioners in mid-October. The board also met with Dr. Shannon Becker, who first began as the family practitioner for Kinder Family Clinic in September.

• Approved, 4-0, changes to the medical staff rules and regulations pertaining to direct access to physical therapists without prior approval from physicians, in keeping with Colorado law.

• Approved, 4-0, a contract for physical therapy and occupational therapy with Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The board also tabled a similar contract with Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab for further discussion.

• Approved, 4-0, the addition of Vicki Gallegos and Kristine Cooper to the board of directors for TMH Foundation.

• Approved, 4-0, the purchase of a new heating/ventilation/air conditioning system for the server room of TMH Medical Clinic.

• Approved, 4-0, the purchase of building materials for office space used by the nurse navigator program.

• Discussed the progress of ongoing projects, such as a site lease for a dialysis outpatient clinic and hospital-provided sports medicine professionals with the Moffat County School District.

• Heard reports from CFO Bryan Chalmers, CEO Chris Smolik and a representative of Quorum Health Resources.

— Trustees Don Myers, Gary Ellgen and Forrest Luke were unable to attend Thursday’s meeting.

The board met again in full Monday to complete several agenda items, taking the following actions:

• Approved, 7-0, medical staff privileges as presented by Chief of Staff Jeff Womble.

• Approved, 7-0, the merging of the Joint Conference and Medical Staff Development Committees for more efficiency. The board’s various committees likely will be restructured in early 2014, as well.

• Approved, 7-0, the initial stages of its strategic plan for 2014 to 2016, which focuses on five areas within the hospital: growth, physicians, quality, organizational excellence and financial stewardship. Among the goals the organization has for the following year are expanding the services offered by TMH and developing community relationships, improving recruitment of medical personnel, enhancing patient care and employee satisfaction, reducing turnover and maintaining a feasible budget. TMH’s 2014 budget will be finalized by December.

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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